Kirsty Weakley

Kirsty Weakley

Reporter , Civil Society Media Ltd from May 2011

Kirsty joined Civil Society Media in May as a reporter after completing a journalism course at Kingston University.

She has a degree in history from Swansea University where she ran a painting and decorating project helping vulnerable adults for Discovery Student Volunteering. She also lived in France for six months and speaks fluent French.

Email her kirsty.weakley@civilsociety.co.uk

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Focus on the practical, MP Mordaunt tells charities

Penny Mordaunt MP has urged charities to keep the focus on “practical things” in the lead-up to the general election.

NPC: Fundraising methods do not affect trust in charities

How charities spend their money and what they do are more of a concern for the public than fundraising methods, according to a poll carried out by Ipsos Mori for the think tank NPC.

NAO: Commission has improved but there is still more to do

The Charity Commission has made a good start towards becoming a proactive regulator, but still has a long way to go to make sure it is carrying out its functions effectively, quickly and within its budget, according to the National Audit Office.

Small charities have fewer staff but more to do, says FSI

Small charities have seen the number of staff they employ fall, but volunteers increase, according to the Foundation for Social Improvement.

So B&B operators cannot refuse gay couples a bed in their own home yet banks can assume muslim organisations might be laundering money for terrorists without any criminal act being proved. Its a strange world.

» Finsbury Park Mosque told its bank account will be closed by HSBC

Louch Neagh Lifeboat (credit Albert Bridge)

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has disqualified a former trustee of a lifeboat charity after he froze the charity's bank accounts and withdrew a lifeboat from use, putting lives at risk.

Elphicke: Charity Commission needs to clarify the status of think tanks

Charlie Elphicke has urged the Charity Commission to strengthen its guidance on political campaigning to clarify the charitable status of think tanks.

Kingston Smith gives charities the chance to win a free animated film

Chartered accountancy firm, Kingston Smith, is inviting charities to apply for its first Creative Vision Award to win the opportunity to have an animated film created by professional animators for free.

Acevo to devise plan for charities to relieve pressure on the NHS

Acevo has set up a task force of health and social care charities to come up with a plan for the sector to provide more support to overrun NHS accident and emergency departments.

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